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Printing Tricks You Wish You Knew

Tommy Howell, Math and Puzzle Guru

Printing Tricks You Wish You Knew

Tommy Howell, Math and Puzzle Guru

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3 Lessons (14m)
    • 1. Printer Hacks Post It Notes

    • 2. Custom Label in Word

    • 3. Custom Shape and Size Envelope

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About This Class

My handwriting is terrible. I use my laser printer to print labels, cards and envelopes, but sometimes I need something less permanent. Post-It Notes have just enough adhesive to be useful once or twice and they come in multiple colors and sizes.

I'm going to demonstrate how to use Microsoft Word to print a page of six Post-Its. I'll also show you how to determine which page side up on any printer to be able to use my technique. I'll mention some issues with this printing method and what kinds of printers to avoid. I'll provide a downloadable template for the size notes I have. Another module will show how to make a custom label size in Word for the size notes you have.

My template includes 6 different Sudoku puzzles. You are welcome to use these puzzles and my template to make other quick items that will fit in the Post-It Note form factor.

Finally, instead of printing normal white commercial envelopes on the printer, we're going to print our own custom shaped envelopes from an online template. They have to be hand cut and glued.

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Tommy Howell

Math and Puzzle Guru


My name is Tommy and I'm a native Texan who somehow wasn't interested in football even growing up under the Friday Night Lights. I was a math and science guy who went into computers for a career. Now, I'm trying to teach this old dog (and a few young pups) some new tricks. My first projects are going to be technology or puzzle related since those are both passions of mine. If you have something math, technology or puzzle related that you think I should be teaching here, drop me a note and I'll give it a try.

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1. Printer Hacks Post It Notes: Hi. My name is Tommy Howell, and in this skill share course I'm gonna teach you things you can do with your household laser printer or inkjet printer. We'll teach you how to print on posted nets. I'm gonna teach you how to create a custom sized label inward. We'll also cover how to tell which side of the paper should be up when you print. And then in the last month, I'm going to show you had a print, custom sized and shaped envelopes. For this course, you'll need Microsoft Word or the equivalent. The current version of Labour Office Writer should be sufficient. You'll need some post it notes. A printer, your household laser printer or inkjet printers should be sufficient and at least one sheet of letter sized paper and at least two posted nets for the last month. You may also need some other kind of image editing software, such as Photoshopped or Adobe Illustrator. I'm using CorelDraw and Carell photo paint, so any of those will be fine. Now to start off with, I'm gonna show you a few things about your printer that you may not already know. You should find an icon like one of these, you should find a rectangle representing a sheet of paper with the corner folded over. If the paper is blank with lions in the folded corner, you need to position your paper face down. If the paper has lines in the corner is blank. You need to place your paper face up. This is important with certain types of paper and a zealous faxing, scanning, double sided printing and the technique we're going to be using today, which is reprinting on the same sheet of paper. This technique works best on printers with a simple paper path. So if you're using some kind of big co leader copier stapler, you might want to start off with a simpler printer that if you have a paper jam and a post it note comes loose inside the printer, you need to be able to get it out. And that's really unlikely. But you need to be prepared to deal with that. If you cannot find in this paper icon on your printer or on the printer tray that I'm gonna show you an easy technique to learn how to do it yourself, take the top sheet of paper out of your paper tray and draw an arrow to the pointing to the back of the prayer and put the sheet of paper back in the paper tray and print a document. And this will show you which way the paper goes into the printer when you go to print again . So for this test, put the marked paper in the paper tray and print the Sudoku easy document that I've included in the skill share course noticed the orientation and the side of the paper with the arrow, as well as the printing that you just did. If they're on the same side, that means you print face up. If they're on opposite sides, you need to print face down. Now that you printed the Sudoku easy document, I want you to take a post it note. Now I'm using to inseminate by two and 7/8 square post. It's for this example. If you have that size, place one over each sudoku puzzle and be sure and press down the adhesive strip so that it doesn't come loose in the printer. Make sure you've tapped down the adhesive edge on the side that's going into the printer, so that it doesn't peel up inside the printer. If your post its are too big or too small, do this anyway, and you'll still see how this works. The next lesson. We're showing you how to resize the label to fit size that you have. Put the paper back in the printer with the aero side up and reprint the same document. You should now have a sheet with six sudoku is printed on it. Put it on each of the Post it notes that you put on there. You just put it on post events for your class project lets Trump running something that you want in the Sudoku document. Select the first puzzle, including its header such Azizi Number one and It's Footer Sea Level of Your Sudoku for more Anjali. Just the text in that box. You cannot put whatever you like that'll fit in almost three by three inches, but something else in that box like clip art or photo and put it fresh. Post it. Note on that square and reprint the document with your changes. Upload a picture of your custom, post it to the class project. If you'd like to use a different size. Post it. Note more fully. Check out the next module on creating a custom sized label inward. If you found this printer heck useful, we should leave a comment review or share this course, Thanks. 2. Custom Label in Word: and this money, I'm gonna show you how to create a custom sized label in Microsoft Word. I'm using Word 2010. If you're using a different version, try to follow along. You should be able to do most of the same steps. If you're not able to follow along in labor office writer or another app, let me know what I'll try to make a custom version for. Just leave her office rider. For this module, you'll need word 2010 or newer, a prayer, at least one sheet of paper and the measurements for the custom sized label you want to create. If you have word 2007 or older, you should be able to follow along. But the initial menu items will be in different places in Microsoft Word. Start with a blank document. If you don't have one, just click file new document or press control in in the word 2010 menu bar, select mailings and then labels. From that ribbon, you can click options on the sample label on the right click New label to start from scratch. Make sure your paper sizes and 1/2 by 11 or put him you're going to use in her name for your label. Your top and right margins should be at least half an inch for most printers. To be able to print without warnings or errors, enter your exact label height and width for the size label you want. How many can fit across the page? How much of a gap do you want between each label? If you're using post it notes, you should allow about 1/2 inch between each label across and about. Add your desired gap to your label Hyatt to get your vertical pitch. For example, If you have a three inch height and 1/2 inch gap, your vertical pitch would be 3.5 inches. Do the same for your with a horizontal pitch. If your label shoot has no gap between labels, your vertical pitch and horizontal pitch can be the same. Is your label height and label with filling the member of labels across in the number of labels down. If all of your numbers look right, click OK, word will warn you if you're Level two. Mentions exceed the size of the paper. If this happens, you might need to tighten up the gaps or reduce the number across her down. If everything is OK, you could see the custom label created and selected in the envelopes and documents window. Click the new document button to get a full sheet of blank labels in the size you want. Download the find corners image I included in this lesson and inserted into your custom level responses to be as close to the size LaBella's you can. You can resize the height and the width separately. They don't have to stay the same once you're satisfied with the placement in science of the Find Corners Graphic pressure page of labels and see how it fits the four blue arrows of the Five Corners image or to help you find the actual corners of your label. You might need some adjustment on your custom label details. If your adjustments are not trivially, obviously you need to tighten it up like 1/10 of an inch or something. You might need to get out of ruler and measure your height, width and pitches manually and try again. If you get stuck at this step, let me know and I'll see if I could help you 3. Custom Shape and Size Envelope: Finally, this last module bridges my earlier modules at intersects with Katie Glenn's skill share course on custom tea blends. Once you've made your own tea blends and you'd like to give something as a gift, make these beautiful custom envelopes to have a gift ready. Final product. I got this basic card template envelope from Ruth Anne's Arraf's Mirkwood Designs. If you'd like a different shape browser, other templates, I simply saved her template to my downloads folder, then measured what size envelope I needed to make to go with my tea bags. My finished envelope I just searched for Stop for free stock images of the ingredients I'm starting with CorelDraw. You can use Adobe Illustrator. It's the same, or you could do the same steps there. So let's start with a blank page of the size paper. I want to print on that. Want to import the basic card that I got from, uh, with Anne's Arraf's liquid designs? I'm going to do a quick trace that off there and give it of the original. Then I'm going toe group this. No, you're sending? Yeah, click it separately. I don't need all of that of all of that since the text didn't trace very well, this is basically this shape of under. Let that I want It's not necessarily the size. And to figure that out, I'm going to draw an extra rectangle. It'll be completely separate from the sun clip. So I'm gonna take my outline pin consented to 40% gray two point and then died line okay and withdraw rectangle inside the box. And then I'm going to set it to be the science that I want my envelope to be. So I know for the size T Beckham using only 3.5 by three inches, you can see that that's a little bit off from the template that I have. So I'm just going to nudge the template a little bit to fit into this new rectangle. These wings here need to go inside the dotted line and the same down here. I'm gonna nudge this just a tiny bit down here and bring in the sides just a little bit. And now you can see Once I printed these, these great dots will show me where decrease the paper. Twofold To make the unclip. I just want to leave those elements the outline in the dotted lines on top of all the other graphics that I'm bringing in. So now I'm going to bring in the the other text elements that I got earlier that I was using on a previous project and according to grow. So I just want to paste here and transform, rotates your degrees and drag it down. And I don't want to bring in my almonds that I got for him from free images. And I like that a little bit bigger than my rectangles about 3.7 by 3.2 and drag over there and actually want this to go to the back. So, quarterback of page, I want this to go to the back page that to go to the back page. Now you can see I'm going to zoom in a little bit here. Okay, so you see my dotted line here after announcing to move that down a little bit, just a little bit taller. There we go. So you can see that the dotted line sits on top of my other images toe. Actually move that a little bit because it's too far over. Should be lined up with page marks there. There we go. That's good enough. And doesn't matter that the almond image bleeds off to those tamps because those are going to be hidden in glued down. We're gonna be cutting out everything that's outside the outline, so that doesn't matter. I'm ready to print, and that will go and cut this out, glued together and assemble it to show you what it looks like for my gift envelopes printed on glossy photo paper. Carefully cut the envelopes out of your printed page and fold on the lines to glue the envelope. Together, I discovered Scotch Brand has a clever, double sided adhesive roller. That's what to demonstrate, so I didn't have excess glue using everywhere. I inserted my tea bag into the envelope and folded the flap. If you want to seal the flat, just use a small adhesive spot to hold the flat closed. But that won't rip the paper when your gift he goes to open the envelope. If you found this printer hack useful, we should leave a comment review or share this course. Thanks